Today in Texas History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 218

  • 1956-04-26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1956-08-30 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas
  • 1957-06-27 Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
  • 1957-11-02 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, and remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history.
  • 1957-12-03 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
  • 1958-08-21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
  • 1959-02-01 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • 1960-08-18 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas
  • 1961-05-08 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
  • 1961-09-15 Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
  • 1963-08-13 US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

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1963-11-21 US President John F Kennedy flies to Texas (assassinated the next day)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1963-11-22 American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
  • 1963-12-02 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers

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1964-03-14 Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • 1965-11-27 1966 NFL Draft: Tommy Nobis from University of Texas first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 1966-08-01 Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas

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1966-09-15 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1967-09-05 -23] Hurricane Beuleah, kills 54 in Caribbean, Mexico & Texas
  • 1967-09-20 Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
  • 1968-01-04 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • 1968-04-06 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1969-08-30 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • 1970-07-30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida & Texas
  • 1970-09-12 Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
  • 1971-10-24 Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
  • 1972-08-11 "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
  • 1973-08-26 University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
  • 1974-09-07 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • 1974-10-01 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • 1974-10-01 "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" horror film directed by Tobe Hooper is 1st released in the US
  • 1974-10-30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1977-09-22 Preston Jones' "Texas Trilogy" premieres in NYC
  • 1978-02-14 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
  • 1978-04-14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • 1978-05-02 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • 1979-02-24 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
  • 1979-04-10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • 1979-07-25 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • 1979-11-01 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
  • 1980-08-04 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean
  • 1981-01-28 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • 1982-04-27 1982 NFL Draft: Kenneth Sims from University of Texas first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1982-05-31 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • 1982-07-05 Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • 1982-07-15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via Dyess AFB, Texas
  • 1982-07-24 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 performances
  • 1982-11-22 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB, Texas
  • 1982-12-07 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
  • 1983-08-17 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • 1983-08-18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • 1983-08-19 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
  • 1983-09-09 Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 1983-11-12 4 die in a train crash in Marshall Texas
  • 1985-03-23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • 1985-04-13 Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • 1985-05-13 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
  • 1985-07-30 Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1985-11-06 Exploratory well in Ranger, Texas, blows out, spilling 150,000 bbl (24,000 m3) of crude oil
  • 1986-02-24 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
  • 1986-05-20 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
  • 1987-02-17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • 1987-05-22 30 killed in a Texas tornado
  • 1988-03-01 Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
  • 1988-07-16 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • 1988-09-10 -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan
  • 1989-02-28 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA

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1991-05-01 Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1991-10-16 George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 & himself & wounds 20 in Texas
  • 1993-02-28 Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid
  • 1993-03-01 Authorities near Waco, Texas negotiate with Branch Davidians
  • 1993-04-19 After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
  • 1993-05-29 Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
  • 1993-10-27 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-25 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-26 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas
  • 1994-07-03 The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people were killed in crashes.

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1994-10-22 Statue of Sam Houston unveiled in Texas

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1995-02-10 Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
  • 1996-08-21 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
  • 1996-09-15 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34
  • 1996-09-28 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)

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1996-09-29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 1997-05-02 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • 1997-05-28 Tornado in Jarrell Texas kills at least 28
  • 1997-10-04 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • 1998-01-14 Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).
  • 1998-02-03 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.

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1998-02-26 Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • 1998-06-07 James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
  • 1999-09-08 US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"
  • 1999-11-18 In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses.
  • 2000-03-27 Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
  • 2000-12-13 The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins
  • 2000-12-24 The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.
  • 2001-06-05 Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
  • 2002-10-31 A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
  • 2003-05-12 Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
  • 2003-05-22 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • 2003-06-26 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 316

  • 1933-10-26 Suzy Parker, model/actress (Chamber of Horrors), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1933-11-25 Kathryn Grant Crosby, actress (Mr Cory, Big Circus), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-02-27 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1934-03-11 Sam Donaldson, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1934-06-01 Peter Masterson, actor (Ambush Bay), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-11-10 Norm Cash, Eldorado Texas, 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers)

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1935-01-16 A. J. Foyt, American racing driver (Indy 500 - 1961, 64, 67 & 77), born in Houston, Texas

Racing Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1935-08-18 Rafer Johnson, Hillsboro Texas, decathlete (Olympics-gold-60)
  • 1935-08-20 Justin Tubb, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1935-09-19 Robert Kruger, (Sen-D Texas)
  • 1936-02-21 Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1936-06-03 Larry McMurtry, US scriptwriter (Lonesome Dove, Pulitzer 1986), born in Archer City, Texas

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1936-09-07 Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], Lubbock Texas, American musician (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day), (d. 1959)

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1937-05-09 Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)
  • 1938-04-10 Don Meredith, Mount Vernon Texas, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football
  • 1938-06-21 Ron Ely, Hereford, Texas, American actor (Tarzan, Doc Savage)

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1938-08-21 Kenny Rogers, singer (Through the Years), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 1938-10-26 Charles W Stenholm, (Rep-D-Texas, 1979- )
  • 1938-11-06 P J Proby, [James Marcus Smith], American rocker, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1939-04-07 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1939-05-18 Glen Hardin, Texas, rocker (Crickets)
  • 1939-05-27 Don Williams, Floydada Texas, country singer (I Believe in You)
  • 1939-12-29 Ed Bruce, Keiser Arkansas, country singer
  • 1940-01-04 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • 1940-05-19 Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • 1940-07-07 Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )
  • 1940-07-19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona)], singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1940-07-26 Dobie Gray, Brookshire Texas, American singer (Drift Away)
  • 1940-08-03 Lance Alworth, NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-08-19 Johnny Nash, rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1941-07-03 Wylie Walker Vale, Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1941-10-12 Craig A Washington, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1941-10-30 Otis Williams [Otis Miles], American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), born in Texarkana, Texas
  • 1941-11-01 Joe Louis Caldwell, Texas City, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1941-11-01 Robert Foxworth, actor (Chase-Falcon Crest, Frankenstein), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1941-11-06 Doug Sahm, country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1942-01-21 Mac Davis, Lubbock, Texas, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40)
  • 1942-07-08 Phil Gramm, (Sen-R Texas, 1985- )

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1942-08-23 Nancy Richey Gunther, tennis player (US Doubles 1965, 66), born in San Angelo, Texas

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1942-08-26 John E Blaha, USAF/astronaut (STS 29, 33, 43, 58, 79/81), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1942-10-22 Bobby Fuller, Baytown, Texas, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four)
  • 1942-12-30 Michael Nesmith, rocker (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), born in Houston, Texas

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1943-01-19 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin

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1943-01-24 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 1943-03-17 Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1943-04-06 Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1943-04-29 Duane Allen, Taylortown Texas, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)

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1943-07-16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1943-07-22 Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator from Texas
  • 1943-09-03 Valerie Perrine, Galveston, Texas, American actress and model (Steam Bath, Superman, Lenny)
  • 1943-09-19 Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)
  • 1943-10-07 Oliver North, US colonel (Irangate), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1943-12-18 Bobby Keys, American saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1944-03-07 Townes Van Zandt, Texas, singer/songwriter (Kathleen, Loretta), (d. 1997)
  • 1944-08-15 Linda Ellerbee, Bryan Texas, newscaster (Weekend, NBC Overnight)
  • 1944-08-27 G W Bailey, Port Arthur, Texas, American actor (Police Academy, The Closer)
  • 1944-11-26 Jean Terrell, Texas, rocker (Supremes)
  • 1945-05-30 Meredith MacRae, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons), born in Houston, Texas

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1945-08-14 Steve Martin, American comedian and actor (Parenthood, Jerk, Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • 1945-10-02 Frank Tejeda, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1945-10-09 Jeannie C Riley, Texas, singer (Harper Valley PTA, Hee Haw)
  • 1945-10-12 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1945-10-26 Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-11-16 Steve Railsback, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1946-04-01 William Frederick Fisher, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I), born in Dallas, Texas

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1946-07-06 George W. Bush Jr, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX), born in New Haven, Connecticut

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 1946-08-15 Kathryn Jean Whitmire, (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946-09-02 Billy Preston, American soul musician/singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), born in Houston, Texas

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1947-01-31 Nolan Ryan, Refugio Texas, MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

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1947-02-02 Farrah Fawcett, Texas, actress (Charley's Angels, Burning Bed)

  • 1947-04-08 Tom DeLay, Laredo, Texas, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006)
  • 1947-07-21 Wendell Burton, actor (Lucas-New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1947-10-17 Gene Green, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1947-11-19 Lamar Smith, (Rep-R-Texas)
  • 1948-02-08 Dan Seals, McCamey Texas, country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me)
  • 1948-06-19 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-07-12 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], Kermit, Texas, American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown)
  • 1948-12-06 JoBeth Williams, actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-12-25 Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas

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1949-01-10 George Foreman, Marshall Texas, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1949-01-10 Teresa Graves, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949-02-02 Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949-06-11 Frank Beard, Frankston Texas, US country rock drummer (ZZ Top)

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1949-07-07 Shelley Duvall, actress (Popeye, Faery Tale Theater), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1949-09-15 Joe Barton, Waco Texas, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives since 1985)
  • 1949-11-25 Rita Jenrette, wife of Rep John Jenrette (D-SC), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1949-12-02 Ron Raines, Teax City, Texas, actor (Guiding Light)
  • 1949-12-16 Billy Gibbons, jazz/rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-01-16 Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-03-04 Rick Perry, American politican, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
  • 1950-04-09 Kenneth D Cockrell, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1950-08-07 Rodney Crowell, country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-10-01 Randy Quaid, actor (Midnight Express, Vacation, Saturday Night Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951-05-03 Christopher Cross, [Geppert], Texas, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme)
  • 1951-05-03 Chris Cross, American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"), born in San Antonio, Texas

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1951-06-13 Mike Weaver, American WBA World Heavyweight Champion, born in Gatesville, Texas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1951-09-04 Judith Ivey, actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1951-09-08 Randy T Odle, Port Arthur Texas, astronaut
  • 1951-11-24 Chet Edwards, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1952-02-27 Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas

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